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    2017 turkey permits will be sold in-person only while we transition to a new on-line sales company. Click link for application details.

    How to purchase your 2017 refuge turkey hunt permit.

  • ArcheryClass

    Archery Classes Now Forming

    The refuge will be offering basic archery instruction for children ages 10 and up through the National Archery in the Schools Program.

    Class Information

  • Annual Pass

    America the Beautiful Passes Sold Here

    Planning a trip? A Federal Parks Pass may save you money. Call 973-702-7266 x 10 for availability.


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Winter Raptor Event

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosts many free public events throughout the year, including hiking, fishing, bird watching, and kayaking as well as various children’s programs. Check out all of our upcoming events on the events calendar.

Events Calendar

Meet Our Friends

Meet Our Friends

Friends Group Members pose with Blue Goose

The Friends of Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent non-profit association founded in 2006. The operations and activities are managed by an all volunteer board of directors. The purpose of the Friends of Wallkill River is to support the mission of the Refuge through promotion of environmental stewardship, biological programs, environmental education, recreational activities, land acquisition and habitat management and enhancement. For more information, visit their website or contact:


About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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What's Happening

  • Early Spring Waterfowl Migration

    Pintail Flock

    With warm temperatures and widespread open water, the spring waterfowl migration is in full swing very early this year. As of the third week of February, there have been several hundred Northern Pintails along with many Mallards, Black Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks and American Wigeon already present at the Liberty Loop Impoundments. Over the next couple of weeks these numbers should continue to grow as more and more fowl pass through the Wallkill Valley on their way to the northern breeding grounds. Also be on the lookout for some of the much less common species such as Redheads, Canvasbacks and Tundra Swans that may mix in with the large flocks. In addition to the Liberty Loop, it is usually worth checking out the ponds at Owens Station Crossing for more waterfowl.

  • New Law Enforcement Hot Line Number

    Introducing the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System Turn In Poachers, or TIPs, hotline. Please contact this phone number to report any unlawful activities observed on the refuge. 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017
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